How to Best Treat Your Kids for Seasonal Allergies

How to Best Treat Your Kids for Seasonal Allergies

Be careful that you don’t give them too much medication, and consider staying indoors when allergens are high.

While the temperature may still seem cool in some areas, commercials on TV are quick to remind us that allergy season is just around the corner.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies yourself, chances are, your child might.

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that up to 40 percent of children suffer from allergic rhinitis. But is it safe to give your kid allergy medication?

The general answer is yes, but be careful when administering it. Children are often more sensitive to medications than adults, and the FDA’s website reminds readers that just because a product box states the medication is for kids, it doesn’t mean it’s for kids of all ages. Read all the fine print to ensure it’s right for your child.

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It’s also important to remember that antihistamines can cause excitability or extreme drowsiness in children, so be on the lookout. If you’re giving your child more than one medication to treat their allergies, always read the ingredients list. You may be surprised to find the same active ingredients in all of them, and as a result, risk giving your child too much.

Remember that keeping your child away from allergens could be the best treatment. You may be able to avoid medication altogether. Sunny, windy days can be worse for seasonal allergy sufferers. Stay inside when pollen counts are high.

The FDA advises that pollen is highest in the morning in late summer and early fall (ragweed season), and highest in the evening during spring and summer, (grass allergy time).

If seasonal medications and avoidance doesn’t work, talk to your doctor.

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